Every organism requires air, water, food, and shelter for survival. This society is more concerned in building an environment which is free from pollution even after exploiting it. We are worried about the water we drink, the food we eat, and the hygiene of the place we reside. But, did you think about the air you breathe, is it pure? Does the air affect your health? Let’s see what it has to do with each individual.
Due to increase of industries, factories, and vehicles, the amount of pollutants in the air has been increased. Though there are many initiatives taken by the government and private sectors to eradicate the pollutants. Is it possible to remove all the pollutants which surrounds you? Yes, it is possible only when you are aware about your environment.
The air is a composition of gases, such as nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, argon, etc., all these gases are essential for human for respiration. But, irrespective of these gases, there are many harmful gases, such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, hydrocarbon and particulate matter, which can ruin your life. Earlier days did not face such situation due to few industries and huge amount of trees that can remove these pollutants. But, now the situation has changed where each citizen is having his/her own vehicle and there is an exponential growth of industries. A report states that life expectancy of an individual who resides in a polluted place is increased to 4 years when he/she is moved to a place where there is no pollution. All this has happened because we humans have taken an extra advantage over the land and its resources. It is a very high time to take a decision to remove everything, but we can reduce it and prevent further damage to the environment.
Let’s learn as how the world defines air pollution. The pollutants in air are categorized as follows: PM 10, PM 2.5, Sulfur dioxide, Nitrogen dioxide, Carbon monoxide, Ozone, and Ammonia. These toxins has adverse effects on health causing asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, cardio vascular disease, reduced mental alertness, etc. The causes for these toxins are the emission from factories, vehicles, burning, and so on.
To avoid these silent killers, let’s Join hands to eradicate the fumes in our rooms (earth).
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